BizSpots: GAME, Red Bull, In2Games, Cartoon Network

GAME goes on-demand; Red Bull planning adver-games; In2Games bringing motion-sensing peripheral to PS3, Xbox 360; Cartoon Network bringing episodic content to PS3, Wii.

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UK retailer offering online rentals
Whereas GameFly is broadening its game-distribution network, UK game retailer GAME will be cutting out the middleman entirely. The company is now offering on-demand PC-game rentals, through the use of France-based Metaboli online distribution service. The service comes in two tiers, with the ultimate collection currently offering a 149-game selection that includes new games for £12.95 (approximately $25.50) a month and the essential collection offering 116 games at £6.95 (approximately $13.70) a month. Both tiers offer unlimited access to their respective catalogs. The service is currently only available to UK residents.

FreeStyleGames gives wings to energy-drink-maker
With Sneak King and other Burger King classics achieving combined sales of more than 2 million within four weeks on the market, the adver-gaming space is garnering more attention. FreeStyleGames today announced it would be partnering with Red Bull to develop games featuring the energy drink. According to FreeStyleGames commercial director Chris Lee, "It's important to stress that we're working hand in hand to codevelop and design compelling, triple A titles that will be a true reflection of the Red Bull Energy Drink brand, as well as great, original gaming experiences in their own right."

Motion-sensing peripheral maker secures $14.6M
Last year, In2Games and publisher Mad Catz released Real World Golf in North America on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC. While the game received middling reviews, it packed in a motion-sensing peripheral to more accurately simulate the game. In2Games is now planning to bring that tech to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and today the company announced it has secured £7.4 million (approximately $14.6 million) to see that happen. Dubbed Gametrack Fusion, the company is positioning the wireless motion-sensing technology as Sony and Microsoft's solution to Nintendo's Wii Remote. The product is slated for a fall 2007 release.

Cartoon Network promoting content on PS3, Wii
With Microsoft's Live Anywhere initiative blurring the lines between PC and console content, at least one company is following its lead. Cartoon Network New Media announced today it would be bringing Web-based game content to the PS3 and Wii. Titled Mega Series, the application was designed by AFI Digital Content Lab and provides a Web-based platform for Cartoon Network to promote shows using the Flash capabilities of each platforms respective Internet browsers. The application is designed to provide an interactive gaming element to video on-demand shows, and it will focus on episodic content.

Discussion

40 comments
rickykemp
rickykemp

what is the relevance of the picture of a gaming PC in the link to this story? i was expecting some interesting PC hardware news or something, and i get this yarn.

V-Nine
V-Nine

yeah ...what that person just said.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

:lol: Red Bull drink games. That is great! I will get myself a copy.

1Wiifan
1Wiifan

Well actually RaiKageRyu Ronald McDonald has already shown up in video games. Ever heard of M.C. Kids?

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Uh oh Nintendo didn't think it needed it's adveritisment team anymore. They better get them back with MS and Sony getting Motion Sensitive.

fahad2mail
fahad2mail

This is really a great news for the game lovers.

sanjt
sanjt

I wonder if the epsiodic content will include adult swim...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

big bumpin was a fun party game.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

So when do you think Ronald McDonald will show up in games?

football_legend
football_legend

I am happy with my xbox 360 controller and the ps3 controller. But...the game where i can see me using a wii-mote type of controller is: Star Wars- Force Unleased.

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

All this stuff is dumb. Why would you spend money on Burger King games or anything like that?

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

The motion sensing device SUCKs for general games. I wouldn't invest $1 VC in the company. However, it does look like a great device to lose weight. Maybe they got $$$s from 24 Hours fitness.

evry1snice
evry1snice

"The application is designed to provide an interactive gaming element to video on-demand shows, and it will focus on episodic content." So are they giving us episodes of TV shows or games?

Nharia12
Nharia12

I was actually expecting McDonald's to make the next brand of cheap, so-so video games to sell to the masses.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Does Cartoon Network get its own channel?

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

I love Red Bull, the best energy drink I've ever had, and I will definately spend money on games, no matter how bad, to support my Bull

Pablo620
Pablo620

Triple A titles that will be a true reflection of the Red Bull Energy Drink...LMAO. I dont care how much money the Burger King games made they deserve one lower case a from a development stand point. The idea was ingenious

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

red bull is awe3some. the game sounds like it will do good

GarfieldX
GarfieldX

Maybe I misread your post, but you do realize the game "Cool Spot" exists, right? (SNES, Genesis, Gameboy, Game Gear)

LitBolt
LitBolt

Red Bull? Pfft. Although if you can make a game starring the 7-Up dots it might not be THAT rediculas.

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

I would like to see Courage the cowerdly dog...just for memory sake.:)

angelwing
angelwing

Sounds interesting...I guess.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

The Cartoon Network content sounds compelling.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I have to say wait it out for now

Mariofan1314
Mariofan1314

WTF! Make actual games! Not some crappy Red Bull game. What's next "Cherrios Online Adventure"?

KamaKase
KamaKase

Ermmm...In2Games has been doing that for way longer than the Wii. Get your facts straight. Darkwind was conceptually great, but was lousy in practise. You had two gloves which were attached to a hub on the floor by wires, which measure where your hands are in 3d space.

dannyrun56
dannyrun56

lets just wait and see how this turn out

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

another wiimote copycat...... they just want to get some money from the wii hype

yukine
yukine

Interesting, I like the idea of a games company using the browsers of both the Wii and PS3 as a gaming platform for flash based games.

kennykaos317
kennykaos317

I can only imagine how horrible those Red Bull games will be. The BK games were great because they only cost 5 bucks. But does anybody really think these will be AAA titles?

Juggernaut140
Juggernaut140

Yeah I think I'd rather watch south park, Sealab 2021, Reno 911, Andy Milonakis, and all those other great comedy central and adult swim shows.

carddude
carddude

Dude, you still watch edd edd and eddy? How old are you?

david2475
david2475

ed edd eddy episodes would be cool